Why is it so hard at times to live and experience the current moment or season that we are in?
Oftentimes in my own life, I am always looking to the next big thing. The next event, party, life changing moment. I think many of us do this, especially with seasons of the year. I am already seeing posts on Facebook referring to college football, pumpkin spice or colder weather. I catch myself every year doing the same thing. When it’s winter, “I can’t wait for summer and to go to the beach!” When it’s summer, “I can’t wait for Christmas time and colder weather!”
As humans, we struggle to be content in our current season of life. For example, if our families are going through a season of doubt or despair, we are ready and awaiting the season of joy and laughter. But maybe when we are in a wonderful season, we anxiously cling to it, knowing it won’t be this way forever and therefore we don’t fully enjoy it.
I think we all need to be reminded about the importance of the seasons in our life every once in awhile. After all, doesn’t every tree in the winter confidently know they will bloom again? The trees don’t sit around begging for the arrival of spring just yet because they are wired to submit to the weather and circumstances of nature in order to rest, change and grow. They understand the necessity of seasons and as humans we need to as well.
God’s word says,
“For everything there is a season, and a time for EVERY matter under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
Time is a recurring theme in this chapter: “a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.” God wants us to know that there is a time for hot weather and a time for cold weather. There is a time for uncertain transitions and confident positions. There is a time for pain and a time for pleasure. And there is PURPOSE in every one of these times. When we cling to and lean into Jesus, despite the season, He is always working for our good and His glory.
My own heart needs this reminder and I am so thankful that today, in whatever season each of us are in, we can go to Jesus and ask Him to make our hearts present in whatever we are walking through. We can ask Him for comfort or strength or to see the beauty in our season. Let’s run to our Savior who created and understands every season under heaven.